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Living Locally

First Calgary Financial presents the winners of the 6th Annual Be Local Awards

November 15, 2018

From September 17-October 28, Calgarians voted for their favourite Be Local Award-nominated REAP businesses on our website.

In combination with those votes, this year’s Be Local Awards went to six local businesses that are going above and beyond through six separate leadership awards that recognize a holistic approach to energy conservation, strengthening the local economy through triple bottom line business models, fighting poverty, B Corp certification, communications strategies, and inclusive workplaces. Our partner organizations - Bullfrog Power, Thrive, Vibrant Communities Calgary, BDC, GOOD Company Graphic Design, and Universal Access with Prospect Human Services respectively - determined these winners based on their selection criteria:

Bullfrog Power has named Stephanie Hrehirchuk the Encompassing Energy Leader for her efforts to promote environmental stewardship in children through her books, and planting trees with each copy sold.
Thrive has named Bite Grocer and Eatery the Community Economy Leader for its dedication to community engagement through food.
Vibrant Communities Calgary has named Fiasco Gelato the Empowering Employees Leader for its commitment to supporting its employees and encouraging physical and psychological wellbeing through participation in the Virgin Pulse Challenge.
Business Development Bank of Canada has named Fiasco Gelato the B Corp Leader for its commitment to embodying B Corp values and thriving in the face of adversity.
GOOD Company Graphic Design has named Juice Creative the Communications Leader, recognizing its video PSA for the Calgary Centre for Sexuality for its production quality and emotional impact.
Universal Access and Prospect Human Services have named Versett the Diversity & Inclusion Leader for its commitment to promoting empathic practices and inclusive employment strategies both within its own office and beyond through public sharing of its own research.

A tremendous thank-you to our presenting sponsor, First Calgary Financial, for their continuous support of REAP’s Be Local Awards for six years running.

We’d also like to thank all of our leadership award partners and Ingrid Kue Photography.

And thank you for voting! Your support for local business is making our city a more vibrant place.


Tell us what you liked best about this year’s Be Local Awards and/or if you have suggestions for how we can improve the program. Send an email to
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Did you know?

REAP businesses divert 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 through green power purchasing each year

Featured Event

Appetite for Sustainability: Ensuring a Successful 2019

Dec. 12, 2018 - Dec. 12, 2018

Bea's Eatery
1023 9 Ave SE

As we approach the 2018 finish line, its time to reflect and celebrate the successes, learn from the challenges, and start goal planning for 2019 to ensure a rewarding year ahead.

Laura Bechard, a Business Success Strategist from ProVision Business Coaching will guide us through a series of planning exercises to set SMART goals. These are tools you can use throughout the year to keep you on track for reaching your objectives. Whether you want to develop personal skills, make meaningful connections, strengthen your business, or whatever it may be, let's work together to make it possible.

 About Laura: Business Success Strategist, Laura Bechard of ProVision Business Coaching knows first hand that successful businesses contribute to family harmony. Laura coaches, advises and educates business owners on business fundamentals so they can work less hours AND make more money.

The result? Lower divorce rates, happier families and checking things off your bucket list. Laura and her husband, Arnie, are 4th generation owner-operators of a century grain farm in Saskatchewan. Their newest venture and part of their succession plan, GreenGram Botanicals, is gearing up to construct a cannabis cultivation and processing facility in 2019. The Bechards have lived in Calgary for 10 years and have 4 adult children. An academic award-winning, top graduate MBA, Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Business Coach, Laura leads you through the principles of how to

Set and achieve impactful goals
Master business and financial fundamentals
Exploit your niche
Leverage other people’s resources
Structure a team for growth

One of the keys to setting and achieving SMART goals is setting the RIGHT goals to move you towards what you’ve decided you MUST have in your life. Making careful selections of what you say “yes” to and what you say “no” to is vital in accelerating your progress.


8:00-8:30 am - Breakfast and Networking
8:30-9:30 am - Presentation & Interactive Goal-Setting Exercises
9:30-10:00 am - Wrap-up

Food: Breakfast will be provided, including gluten-free options.

Access: This venue is accessible to all people with limited mobility.

Parking: Street parking - both paid and free 2hr along 9th Ave SE and 10 St. SE Underground paid parking in the building Please visit for transit options

Registration: Payment is required at the time of your RSVP unless you wish to pay by Calgary Dollars. Please reserve one of these spaces by posting a comment below.

Proudly organized by REAP Business Association. Bullfrog Powered with 100% green electricity. The registration fee is required to cover REAP's ongoing costs to organize this event series: catering, promotional expenses (signage, Meetup organizer fees), insurance, and staff time.
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Did you know?

North American grasslands used to produce oxygen at the same levels that rainforests do